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CRCT prices preferential offering at S$1.17, upsizes placement

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CRCT plans to buy 80 per cent of phases one and two of the Singapore-Hangzhou Science and Technology Park, as well as stakes in other business parks.

CAPITALAND Retail China Trust's (CRCT) preferential offering to unitholders has been priced at S$1.17, the bottom end of the indicative range.

That's at an 8.6 per cent discount to Monday's closing price of S$1.28, and a discount of about 9.2 per cent to the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of S$1.2891 for all trades done on Monday.

The non-renounceable preferential offering will be done on the basis of 56 new units for every 1,000 existing units held as at the record date of Nov 25, 5pm, said CRCT's manager in a bourse filing on Wednesday.

The offering of almost 69 million new units will thus raise about S$80.7 million in gross proceeds.

It is part of CRCT's equity fundraising launched on Tuesday to partially finance its acquisition of interests in business parks and a Guangzhou mall.

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Meanwhile, the private placement was upsized to raise gross proceeds of about S$245.4 million.

The upsized placement was about three times covered, and saw "strong participation" from new and existing institutional and other accredited investors, the manager said on Wednesday.

After a bookbuilding process, the placement's issue price was fixed at S$1.195 per new unit, near the lower end of the indicative range of S$1.193 to S$1.236.

The issue price is at a discount of 6.6 per cent to Monday's close and 7.3 per cent below the VWAP.

A total of 205.3 million new units will be issued under the private placement, including additional ones from the upsize option, raising some S$245.4 million in gross proceeds.

The equity fundraising's gross proceeds from both the placement and the offering will thus amount to about S$326.1 million.

The CRCT manager plans to declare, in respect of the existing units, an advanced distribution for the period from July 1, 2020 to the date immediately before the date on which the new placement units are issued. The new units under the placement are expected to be issued on or around Nov 26, 2020.

The quantum of this advanced distribution is estimated to be 2.75 Singapore cents per existing units, the manager said on Wednesday. The actual quantum may differ and will be announced later.

The CRCT manager said it is proposing the advanced distribution as a means to ensure fairness to holders of the existing units.

The next distribution following the advanced distribution will comprise CRCT's distributable income for the period from the day the new placement units are issued, to Dec 31, 2020. Semi-annual distributions will resume thereafter.

Of the equity fundraising's gross proceeds, about S$319.3 million or 97.9 per cent will partially finance the proposed acquisition's total acquisition cost of around S$822.4 million.

Earlier this month, CRCT said it was looking to buy interests in five business park properties in Suzhou, Xian and Hangzhou as well as the remaining 49 per cent stake in the Rock Square mall, at an agreed property value of about 4.95 billion yuan (S$1.01 billion).

Trading in CRCT units was halted on Tuesday before market open; the manager lifted the halt on Wednesday morning. The counter ended at S$1.28 on Monday.

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